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The Lady Eve

The Lady Eve

The Lady Eve

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1941 / 94min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: PRESTON STURGES

CAST: BARBARA STANWYCK, HENRY FONDA, CHARLES COBURN

“I’ve got some unfinished business with him—I need him like the axe needs the turkey.” So says con artist and cardsharp Eve (Barbara Stanwyck), looking out for herself and her feckless father (Charles Coburn) when she sets her sights on the mark of a lifetime in the form of “Hopsy” Pike (Henry Fonda), the snake-obsessed scion to an ale fortune who she meets aboard an ocean liner. Sturges deftly mixes verbal and dialogue comedy, resulting in surefire horse-laughs.

Screens as a part of In the Year of the Grifter.